Taking to the mat for the final time in the 2017 calendar year, Lourdes suffered a pair of setbacks, falling to Kent State-Tuscarawas 25-21 and Ohio Valley 31-18 inside of Parkersburg South High School in Parkersburg, W. Va.
“This was a tough way for us to end the semester,” head coach Dock Kelly III said after the match.
Tyler Roberts (Hudson, Mich./Hudson H.S.) put the Gray Wolves in front against Kent State-Tuscarawas, recording a pin late in the opening period of his 133-pound match. The Golden Eagles took a 10-6 lead after four bouts before Ty Wilson (Puyallup, Wash./Puyallup H.S.) added a fall of his own just 1:51 into his contest at 157 pounds to give the Gray Wolves a 12-10 lead midway through.
After Kent State-Tuscarawas (5-4) picked up a decision and a fall to retake the lead, Noah Nuno (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga H.S.) earned a 7-5 decision at 184 to keep Lourdes in the match. The Golden Eagles registered a fall at 197 pounds though to secure the victory as Lourdes’ Ben Ferguson (Casstown, Ohio/Miami East H.S.) earning a win in the 285-pound weight class via forfeit.
In the afternoon contest, Ohio Valley (2-0) again struck first with a fall at 125 pounds before Roberts earned his second win of the day, an 8-6 victory at 133 pounds. The Fighting Scots increased their lead to 15-3 after four matches before Wilson earned a 15-0 technical fall at 157 pounds pull the Gray Wolves within seven.
The Gray Wolves were unable to mount a second half rally, despite Nuno earning his second win of the day, a 9-0 major decision, at 184 pounds and Ferguson registering a second forfeit win.
“While I am disappointed in the way that we wrestled, I am excited about the new additions that we will have in the lineup in January,” Kelly added. “We will rest and recover over the winter break and then return for the stretch run of the season.”
Lourdes (2-7) will have more than five weeks off for the holidays before returning to action on Jan. 10 when the Gray Wolves travel to Cleveland, Ohio for a tri-match against Case Western Reserve and Thiel. The opening bout is set for 5 p.m. inside of Horsburgh Gymnasium.